The goals for treating LGBTQ+ individuals are the same as for anyone else: physical health and social and emotional well-being. So why should we talk specifically about this diverse population? Unfortunately, LGBTQ+ individuals are also subject to explicit and implicit biases, ranging from antagonistic legislation and microaggressions to overt discrimination and harassment, and this can impact their sense of self and subsequently their health outcomes. In this presentation, we will consider how word choice and other subtle cues communicate our competency in working with LGBTQ+ patients and explore quality care from the patients' perspective.
Differentiate between terms that are frequently conflated, such as sex and gender identity, or bisexuality and pansexuality.
Describe how external and internal forces lead to health disparities for LGBTQ+ populations.
Identify strategies to combat bias and create welcoming clinical spaces.
Discuss unique physical and mental health considerations for LGBTQ+ patients.
Reflect on available resources - including referral - that may improve patient care.